Politics

Health Minister's idea isn't flying so well

Health Minister Terry Lake . . . public doesn't buy the idea that the government actually wants to get to the bottom of this scandal.

Health minister Terry Lake may not have clued into it yet, but that idea to ask the Office of the B.C. Ombudsperson to investigate the 2012 health ministry firings isn't flying so well.

Might have flown eons ago – had it been the very first inquiry – but not when it risks simply being the latest inquiry.

It's a political bind of the government's own making. Whatever moral authority they thought they had to set the investigatory framework on their own again was lost three or four investigations back.

This little piggy went ... nowhere. Lamonts' pet pigs to call Castlegar home

This little piggy went ... nowhere. Lamonts' pet pigs to call Castlegar home

The pigs have won the day!

At a special meeting this afternoon (July 9), council voted unanimously to reconsider the motion of July 6 regarding the Lamonts’ pot-bellied pigs (for full story, click here).

Community Gardens survive internal drought - thanks in large part to city council

Community Gardens survive internal drought - thanks in large part to city council

Thanks to a successful AGM and a decision from council Monday night to offer some financial support, Castlegar’s Community Garden is now blossoming and ready to run riot into the coming seasons despite almost withering into obscurity just months ago.

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Council owes family money and apology

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Council owes family money and apology

I think Castlegar Mayor and Council owe a local family both money and an apology – not because of a decision made at last Monday’s meeting, but because of the way it was handled, which I feel was heartless.

To be clear, I’m a big fan of the sitting council, who seem to me to have a ton of heart. They volunteer relentlessly, are hugely generous with their time and money both, and I’ve always felt they have the best interests of Castlegar at heart.

Council says 'no' to pet pigs; family upset at city's mistake

Council says 'no' to pet pigs; family upset at city's mistake

A Castlegar family will be forced to part with their pet pot-bellied pigs – and eat a several-thousand-dollar investment in said pigs - after city council decided, at its regular meeting Monday night, to deny their request for an exemption from the city’s animal bylaw.

City director of Development Services Phil Markin compiled a nine-page report recommending the residents be allowed to keep their pets, contending that, because a bylaw officer indicated to the family (in error) in 2013 the pets would be allowed, the city should stand by that.

Nelson City Council — Seeds germinate on solar community garden project

Could a solar community garden be coming to Nelson sooner than later?

Nelson could be growing a solar community garden soon after city council decided the first-of-its-kind project in Canada had some merit.

On Monday night during their regular meeting council elected to have staff proceed with finalizing the details of the Solar Community Garden Project.

Those details will include nailing down a location and the costs involved, preparing the necessary bylaw amendments and developing the purchasing contracts for customers.

Mayor offers thanks for storm-damage management

Mayor offers thanks for storm-damage management

Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff is expressing gratitude in the aftermath of a significant storm Monday evening.

"On behalf of the Castlegar City Council and the residents of the City of Castlegar, I would like to thank our emergency responders, City workers and Castlegar residents for their efforts and hard work during the city's recent extreme wind and rain event," he said.

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: So, so, so proud of Castlegar and Kate McEachern

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: So, so, so proud of Castlegar and Kate McEachern

They say to have compassion for someone, you must walk a mile in their shoes. Castlegar will go you one better. They’ll walk five kilometres in your boots, in 30+degree heat, and suffer right along beside you … and, I hope, still understand that their journey is shorter than yours, and the emotional/mental burden you’re offering to carry is too great to measure in pounds.

I have many times thought I couldn’t be prouder of our people – but this one just takes all the cakes, and eats them, too.

Former Notre Dame University student housing apartments caught in legislative limbo

The Alpine Lakes Suites have been deemed non-conforming within density requirements for its R2 zone since 2013 when city council adopted a new zoning bylaw. — Photo by Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

A zoning snafu at the former Notre Dame University student housing apartments has the old building’s owner’s plans to renovate caught in a legislative limbo.

The Alpine Lakes Suites have been deemed non-conforming within density requirements for its R2 zone since 2013 when city council adopted a new zoning bylaw.

With 49 units currently in Alpine Lake Suites, under the R2 zoning in which the building resides it is permitted to only have 26 units.

RDCK petitions for public meeting after KHS proposes operation adjacent Kokanee Provincial Park

A proposed heli-ski operation bordering Kokanee Provincial Park has the regional district board of directors petitioning the province for a public meeting. Public domain photo: winterholiday.blogspot.com

A proposed heli-ski operation bordering Kokanee Provincial Park has the regional district board of directors petitioning the province for a public meeting.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay board recently voted in support of asking Front Counter BC for a public meeting regarding the application by Nelson-based Kootenay Heli Ski Inc. (KHS) for a heli ski operation adjacent to Kokanee Provincial Park.

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